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Canon Legria HF S30
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Canon Legria HF S30 Camcorder

8.59MP 1/2.3 470g CMOS Aug 2011
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Offering exceptional quality HD movies, superior audio, excellent creative control and high-resolution stills, the LEGRIA HF S30 features a 32GB internal memory and two SDXC compatible card slots.... More
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21 Reasons For

Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on two expert reviews from sites including tecnozoom.it and parentesis.com the average expert rating of this video camera is 75%.

Excellent Brand

Medium total megapixels video cameras produced by Canon have excellent ratings on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all video cameras (not just medium total megapixels video cameras) and found that Canon also has excellent ratings across its entire range.

Full HD HD Type

The HD type of this camcorder is Full HD, which is the most commonly found HD type on camcorders that were launched more than two years ago.

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Quite Large Display Diagonal

Medium total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for more than two years have display diagonals of between 1.5" and 4". With a display diagonal of 3.5 inches, the Legria HF S30 has one of the larger display diagonals amongst medium total megapixels video cameras of this age.

If you would prefer a larger display diagonal then you might also want to look at the Canon EOS C300[plb_1585371_price] (4") which is also higher rated.

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Has an Image Stabilizer

Like most of the other camcorders of a similar age and type to the Legria HF S30, the Canon Legria HF S30 has an image stabilizer.

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Has an HDMI

has an HDMI

Like most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the Legria HF S30, the Canon Legria HF S30 has an HDMI.

We compared this camcorder to all the other camcorders with an HDMI and we think the Sony HDR-PJ530[plb_2109584_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Quite Big Digital Zoom

The smallest digital zoom of camcorders of this age and spec is 2x and the biggest is 1,500x. With a digital zoom of 200 times zoom factor, the Legria HF S30 has one of the bigger digital zooms amongst medium total megapixels video cameras of this age.

Other 200x (digital) video cameras currently available that you might also want to consider include the GZ-GX1[pl_1286357_price], or the GZ-VX715[pl_1286960_price] both from JVC which has better reviews.

If this Canon camcorder digital zoom is not big enough for you then you might want to look at the Sony HDR-PJ240[plb_2109550_price] (320x).

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Two Memory Slotss

The Canon Legria HF S30 is a two memory slots video camera. Most of the other video cameras that are a comparable age to the Legria HF S30 only have one memory slots.

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SDXC Compatible Memory Cards

SDXC compatible memory cards

The Legria HF S30 supports an SDXC compatible memory cards which is better than the SDHC compatible memory cards supported by most video cameras of a similar spec and age to it. This camcorder also supports an SD compatible memory cards. SDXC cards are SD cards but with a much higher capacity and faster processing speeds. They have a maximum capacity of 2TB (Terabytes).

This camcorder's memory card type (SDXC) is in fact the best supported memory card type amongst all camcorders of a comparable age and spec to the Legria HF S30.

A MicroSD (Transflash) compatible memory cards is the worst supported memory card type amongst similar types of camcorder.

SDHC cards are DS cards with a higher capacity of up to 32GB.

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Optical Image Stabilizer Type

This camcorder has an optical image stabilizer type, which is typical of many video cameras of a similar type and age to it. Optical image stabilisation is hardware based. Digital cameras with optical IS typically have a built-in gyro sensor and microprocessor that detects camera shake as it occurs. The stabiliser compensates for any camera movement.

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Lithium Battery Technology

This video camera has a Lithium-Ion (Li-Ion) battery technology, which is typical of many video cameras of a comparable age and spec to it.

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Has Eight Scene Modess

The number of scene modes found on the Legria HF S30 is more than most medium total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as it. This video camera has a Portrait scene modes, which is the most commonly found scene modes found on medium total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for around the same time as the Legria HF S30. The scene modess "Beach", "Fireworks", "Night", "Snow", "Sports", "Spotlight" and "Sunset" are also found on this Canon video camera.

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DIGIC DV II Image Processor

The Legria HF S30 has a DIGIC DV II image processor which is better than the BIONZ image processor found on most similar spec video cameras that came out around the same time as it. Across all camcorders that are a similar age to the Legria HF S30 the worst image processor is BIONZ and the best is DIGIC DV III.

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Fairly High Display Resolution (numeric)

The average display resolution (numeric) of medium total megapixels video cameras that were released around the same time as the Legria HF S30 is 410,000 pixels. The Legria HF S30 has one of the higher display resolution (numeric)s (922,000 pixels) amongst medium total megapixels video cameras of this age.

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Has a Built-In Display

The Legria HF S30 has a built-in display, as do most of the other similar spec camcorders that have been available for more than two years.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other camcorders with a built-in display currently available including because of it's better review score, the Canon EOS C300[plb_1585371_price], or the JVC GZ-R15[plb_2450097_price].

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1080p Supported Video Modes

This camcorder has a 1080p supported video modes, which is typical of many camcorders of this spec and age.

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CMOS Sensor Type

This camcorder has a CMOS sensor type, which is the most frequently found sensor type on similar spec video cameras that were released more than two years ago.

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LCD Display

This video camera has an LCD display, which is typical of many camcorders that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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1920 X 1080 Pixels Maximum Video Resolution

This video camera has a maximum video resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, which is typical of many comparable spec video cameras that are a similar age to it.

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Has Six White Balances

The number of white balance modes found on the Canon Legria HF S30 is more than most medium total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to it. This camcorder has an Auto white balance, which is the most frequently found white balance found on medium total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a similar time to the Legria HF S30. The white balances "Cloudy", "Daylight", "Fluorescent", "Shade" and "Tungsten" are also found on this Canon video camera.

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Quite Small Minimum Illumination

The Canon Legria HF S30 has one of the smaller minimum illuminations (only 0.3 lux) amongst medium total megapixels video cameras of this age. The minimum illuminations of camcorders of this age and type range from 0.3lx to 15lx.

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13 Reasons Against

Very Slow Maximum Frame Rate

The maximum frame rates of video cameras of a similar age and type to the Legria HF S30 range from 25fps to 60fps, and the average maximum frame rate is 41fps. With a maximum frame rate of only 25 frames per second, the Canon Legria HF S30 has a quite slow maximum frame rate compared to most of the other video cameras of a similar age and spec to the Legria HF S30.

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Not Full HD

The Legria HF S30 is not Full HD, although it is worth keeping in mind that most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that have been available for around the same time as the Legria HF S30 are also not Full HD.

If you want a camcorder that is Full HD then you might also want to consider the JVC GZ-GX1[plb_1286357_price].

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Does Not Have an Interchangeable Lens

Like most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as the Legria HF S30, the Canon Legria HF S30 does not have an interchangeable lens.

There are a number of alternative video cameras which also have an interchangeable lens which you might also want to look at including the Panasonic HS900[plb_1047313_price], or the Canon EOS C300[plb_1585371_price].

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The Legria HF S30 has a fairly small optical zoom (only 10 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other camcorders that are a similar age to the Legria HF S30. The optical zooms of medium total megapixels video cameras that came out around the same time as the Legria HF S30 range from 1x to 52x.

We compared all the other 10x (optical) camcorders to this camcorder and we think the JVC GZ-GX1[plb_1286357_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you want a video camera with a bigger optical zoom then you might want to consider the JVC GZ-VX715[plb_1286960_price] (18x) which is also higher rated.

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Heavy

The lightest video camera of this age and spec is 76g weight and the heaviest is 3.3kg. With a weight of 470 grams, the Legria HF S30 is one of the heavier medium total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to the Legria HF S30 amongst comparable spec video cameras of this age.

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Very Low Viewfinder

With a viewfinder of only 123,000 pixels, the Legria HF S30 has one of the lower viewfinders amongst medium total megapixels video cameras of this age. The average viewfinder of camcorders that have been around for more than two years is 510,000 pixels, and the viewfinders range from 1.5 pixels to 1,500,000 pixels.

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Not 3D

The Legria HF S30 is not 3D, although keep in mind that most of the other video cameras of a comparable spec and age to the Legria HF S30 are also not 3D.

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Only Has Four Capture Modess

The Legria HF S30 has a greater number of capture mode than most camcorders of a comparable type and age to it. This video camera has an LP capture modes, which is the most commonly found capture modes found on medium total megapixels video cameras that are a comparable age to the Legria HF S30. The capture modess "FXP", "MXP" and "XP" are also found on this camcorder.

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Does Not Have a Night Mode

The Legria HF S30 does not have a night mode, although it is worth noting that most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a similar time to the Legria HF S30 also do not have a night mode.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Projector

The Legria HF S30 does not have a built-in projector, although this is within the context that most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that have been around for a comparable time to the Legria HF S30 also do not have a built-in projector.

We compared all the other camcorders which also have a built-in projector to this video camera and we think the Sony HDR-PJ530[plb_2109584_price], or the Aiptek ProjectorCam C25[plb_2167191_price] which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Not Waterproof

The Canon Legria HF S30 is not waterproof. Most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Legria HF S30 are also not waterproof.

If you would prefer a video camera that is waterproof then you might want to consider the JVC GZ-R15[plb_2450097_price].

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Only Has Three Photo Effectss

The number of photo effects found on the Canon Legria HF S30 is more than most medium total megapixels video cameras that have been around for more than two years. The most commonly found photo effects is Black&White, but this photo effects is not found on this video camera. The photo effectss Neutral, Skin tones and Vivid are also found on this Canon video camera.

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Very Long Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)

The average minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) of medium total megapixels video cameras that have been available for more than two years is 30mm, and the minimum focal length (35mm film equiv)s range from 1.8mm to 44mm. The Canon Legria HF S30 has a very long minimum focal length (35mm film equiv) (39.9 millimeters) compared to most of the other camcorders that were released more than two years ago.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Canon Legria HF S30

Released Over Five Years Ago

Canon released the Legria HF S30 over five years ago.

Average Battery Life (max)

With a battery life (max) of 4.5 hours, the Legria HF S30 has a pretty typical battery life (max) compared to most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that have been on the market for a comparable time to the Legria HF S30.

If this Canon video camera battery life (max) is not long enough for you then you might want to consider the Sony HXR-MC2500E[plb_2750474_price] (4.75h) which is also higher rated.

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Average Maximum Memory Card Size

At 64 gigabytes, the Canon Legria HF S30 has a pretty typical maximum memory card size compared to most of the other medium total megapixels video cameras that are a similar age to the Legria HF S30.

We compared this camcorder to all the other 64GB maximum memory card size camcorders and we think because of it's better review score, the GZ-GX1[pl_1286357_price], and the GZ-VX715[pl_1286960_price] both from JVC is also worth considering.

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Average Video Recording Time

At 1.5 hours, the Legria HF S30 has a fairly typical video recording time compared to most of the other similar spec video cameras that have been available for more than two years.

Video cameras with a longer video recording time that might also be worth looking at include the Samsung F90BN[plb_1538898_price] (1.6h and higher rated).

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Specification

Image Sensor
Total Megapixels
Optical Sensor Size
Sensor Type
Effective Megapixels (image)
Effective Megapixels (movie)
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Digital Zoom
Image Stabilizer
Image Stabilizer Type
Maximum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Minimum Aperture Number
Minimum Focal Length (35mm Film Equiv)
Maximum Aperture Number
Filter Size
Focal Length (35mm Film Equivalent)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Storage
Maximum Memory Card Size
Flash Memory
Memory Slots
Compatible Memory Cards
Camcorder Media Type
Focusing
Face Detection
Focus Adjustment
Light Exposure
Scene Modes
Light Exposure Modes
White Balance
White Balance
Flash
Built-In Flash
Shutter
Camera Shutter Speed
Display
Display Diagonal
Built-In Display
Touchscreen
Display Resolution (numeric)
Display
Viewfinder
Viewfinder Screen Size
Viewfinder
Camera
Camcorder Type
3D
Photo Effects
Image Processor
Back Light Compensation
Minimum Illumination
Image Quality Adjustment
Progressive Scan
Design
Colour of Product
Video
HD Type
Capture Modes
Supported Video Modes
Video Resolutions
Maximum Video Resolution
Maximum Frame Rate
Dual Shot (video & Photo)
Pre-Record
Still Image
Still Image Resolution(s)
Maximum Image Resolution
Audio
Built-In Speaker(s)
Built-In Microphone
Audio System
Ports & Interfaces
HDMI
DC-In Jack
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) Out
PictBridge
Battery
Battery Life (max)
Video Recording Time
Battery Type
Battery Technology
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Other Features
Aperture Range (F-F)

Expert Reviews

(2)
7 November 2011

Si eres un fanático de la grabación de videos para la escuela o para un trabajo semiprofesional, esta cámara seguro llenará tus expectativas. Su calidad se encuentra cerca de una cámara de...

18 March 2012

La Canon LEGRIA HF S30 è un'ottima videocamera "compatta" di ultima generazione dal peso non propriamente light. Il device è dotato di ottime features tra le quali troviamo lo stabilizzatore...

La relacin entre tamao y tecnologa con la que cuenta la cmara
Que se puede grabar a 24p para darle un aspecto de cine
Sistema video HD Canon da 8 MP
Dual Flash Memory da 32 GB
Relay Recording
El precio puede ser un poco elevado pero si te dedicas al video, seguro no ser un problema
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User Reviews

(5)
Reviewed 13 February 2012 by Rony

I have this product for 8 months or so. I wish I paid more attention to the zoom range. The zoom range is f-6.4-64mm (35mm equivalent 43.5-435mm) which is a disaster when you tape your daughters... Read more…

Reviewed 25 September 2011 by Lewster
Lewster would recommend the Canon Vixia / Legria HF S30

Got this for a recent trip to Yellowstone. Was amazed at the detail level of the video, can see fine fur detail when zoomed in on animals. The photos come out good for 8 Meg. I added the SM-V1... Read more…

Reviewed 18 September 2011 by Swandog
Swandog would recommend the Canon Vixia / Legria HF S30

I have used this camera for the last 6-8 months shooting mainly my son's sporting events (track and football), and this camera has reallly deliveredd. Imaqge quality is great, and the built in... Read more…

Reviewed 3 September 2011 by The Mechanic
The Mechanic would recommend the Canon Vixia / Legria HF S30

This Light Weight HD Camcorder is a pleasure to use with a very high quality picture. I am happy Canon chose to include the SDXC Option. I like the high quality flip out LCD Monitor as well as the... Read more…

Reviewed 7 August 2011 by Fairhope Gene
Fairhope Gene would recommend the Canon Vixia / Legria HF S30

One of the great features of this camcorder is the abilty to use external microphone to get the best quality audio. A shotgun mic or lavelier mic gives great results over the built-in mic. Touch... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 04960999689654, 08714574574714

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